#26 Sun Devils Play #38 Washington State, #40 Washington in Weekend Slate
TEMPE - The No. 26 Sun Devils (7-3, 1-0 Pac-12) take a trip to the Evergreen State this weekend for a pair of conference matchups against No. 38 Washington State (6-5, 1-1 Pac-12) and No. 40 Washington (7-3, 0-2 Pac-12). ASU begins the weekend against the Cougars on Friday March 12 at 2:30 p.m. MST in Pullman, WA, before heading to Seattle to take on the Huskies on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. MST.
Last Time Out
The Sun Devils are coming off an exciting 4-0 shutout of Pac-12 foe Oregon after kicking off conference competition last Friday. The victory extended ASU's perfect home record to 6-0 and also moved the Sun Devils' record against the Ducks to four-consecutive match wins.
Several Sun Devils are having an incredible season so far. Doubles tandem Sammi Hampton/Marianna Argyrokastriti have eight-consecutive match victories together. Argyrokastriti also leads the squad with a 7-2 singles record.
No. 38 Washington State welcomes ASU to Pullman with a 4-1 home record, the most recent being a thrilling 4-3 upset over No. 16 USC. The Cougars never trailed against the Trojans, taking the doubles point and clinching the win with a three-set victory from Junior Savanna Ly-Nguyen.
Ly-Nguyen boasts an impressive 8-1 singles record on the season and is just one of a talented Cougars' roster. Senior Michaela Bayerlova is ranked nationally at No. 55 and is playing for her third-straight NCAA Singles Championship appearance.
Bayerlova was also named the most recent Pac-12 Player of the Week, an honor that comes as the second for WSU. Fellow senior Melisa Ates received the honor Feb. 18, making history as the first two different Cougars to win the award in the same season.
The No. 40 Huskies look to improve their three-match lossing streak when they host the Sun Devils. The three losses have all come on home courts, with the largest margin being a 1-6 defeat against No. 6 UCLA.
Washington did not go down without a fight against the Bruins, splitting sets on all three top courts. Of the three, one split came out of the tiebreak victorious thanks to a 6-3, 6-1 win from Sedona Gallagher. The 2019 All-Pac12 Honorable Mention Gallagher is on a 9-1 singles run and holds a 5-2 doubles record with blue chip freshman Yolanda Lin.